Ok, y’all, I’ve been gone awhile, I know I know, but why? Well hmn, I’ve been broke, working to not be broke, moved into a new studio and have no idea, art-wise, or life-wise, what the hell I’m doing. That said, I’m putting down text for the rest of the year, I’m worn out with the process, and looking to actually enjoy my time in shop. So here’s what I did with the older pieces:
Yep, stacked em’. Fuck em’ too. So I’ve been working on the idea of texture, or something:
Here I took a painting w/ built-in gesso texturd w/ the phrase THANKS BASTARDS stenciled onto it. Orange stencil. Never did anything w/ it. So today I took a rag, squeezed paint onto it and started rubbing it into the painting much like I rubbed paint into my older textured stencil pieces. Then I rubbed another color into that. I’ve decided that since I don’t know how to paint, why use brushes? EVERYONE uses brushes and so I’m going to find a painterly voice that doesn’t require them. Otherwise, hmn, think about the competition, eh? Plus, again fuck it, I’m a nut for texture and in this case steel wool. Plus a few other tricks. It’s physical, my arms like it. Long way to go tho, granted.
That said, I haven’t spent 2 days in a row in the studio since winter. Time + Life = HA HA HA SORRY NOT JUST YET. But what I have been doing is trying to learn to play guitar at home. Here’s my friends:
Power sucks in the attic, can’t plug in my amp w/out feedback, so NO to the hollowbody and old $50 Kingston bass, and YES to the awesome Ibanez dreadnought.
Now then, beside painting, or not painting, or something, I’ve been snapping some pics and have decided to do a series of Portland night pics, or dusk. Here’s a nice wall next to the studio. Honestly, my little neighborhood is replete with incredible light and shapes and so I’m going after it this summer.
Lovely 1 2 3, hey?
Also, looking straight up from the wall:
I dig that it’s out of focus, big diffuse shapes, quite lovely. This is the kind of thing I’ll be looking for. Scroll thru earlier posts; you’ll see a few good examples.
In any event, I haven’t abandoned The Devil, just couldn’t get to it with any real purpose. See y’all a bit more regularly, I hope.